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The Man from Beijing (Vintage Crime/Black…

The Man from Beijing (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (original 2008; edition 2011)

by Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (Translator)

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Title:The Man from Beijing (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Authors:Henning Mankell
Other authors:Laurie Thompson (Translator)
Info:Vintage (2011), Paperback, 464 pages
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The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell (2008)

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He can certainly tell a story, however, I found his characters to be very thinly sketched and unsympathetic. The primary plot line staged in the first chapters of the novel ultimately make little sense when all is said and done.

I liked it a lot in the beginning (the opening of the book is terrific, with well-practiced, creepy and engrossing scando-noir) and began to dislike it more and more as I got further along. He wants to talk about globalization and colonization and the New China. Fine. Why not write a travel book or non-fiction essay or something ? This is a poor piece of fiction used as a wrapper for some actually very interesting ideas but it simply fails as a coherent thriller.

I literally (yes, actually, you know, like we used to use the word) threw the book down in disgust at the end because I was so angry at how he handled the central idea and opening premise. This is my first book by this author and perhaps I will try another because I know he is highly regarded but this particular novel just didn't work for me.

I give the 2 stars mainly because I did enjoy some of his thoughts on the New China and its possible evolution and the problems it faces. Not recommended unless you are a Sinophile, in which case, you might well enjoy it.
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  blnq | Dec 27, 2016 |
This book started off really well but seemed to lose its way. The first part of the book that deals with the mass murder is fine but when the story moves to the nineteenth century and then back to the modern day taking in china and zimbabwe it falls apart.

The female detective investigating the murders could have been much better developed and it feels as though she is there just to be a point of contact for the judge, also some of the things the judge does just strike me as being unbelieveable. Would a judge really enter a crime scene and remove documents from it?

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  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
Surely entertaining in that good on the edge way. From Sweden to China to Nevada to China to Mozambique. I liked this book. ( )
  bereanna | May 29, 2016 |
a suspenseful easy read that moves briskly. ( )
  berthirsch | Nov 12, 2015 |

I have read many of the inspector Wallander books, and like their mixture of crime, (usually international) politics, agonising over immigrants in Sweden plus extracts from the personal life of the hero.

Without Wallander this mixture did not work so well. The geopolitics became overbearing and far fetched. Who could really believe that the Chinese could have a plan to export their peasants to Africa to exploit the agricultural potential? Or that Africans are not restive enough about the Chinese presence to accept it?

The crime got lost.
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  varske | Oct 25, 2015 |
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Mankell’s fierce instinct for social criticism is admirable. If only it didn’t sabotage the opportunity for old-fashioned whodunit delight.

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Bolstad, KariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bree, Corry vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Synopsis for the Dutch edition:
"Op een koude dag in januari 2006 doet de politie van het stadje Hesjövallen een verschrikkelijke ontdekking. Er heeft een bloedbad plaatsgevonden. Achttien mensen zijn op beestachtige manier vermoord. Een krankzinnige moordenaar moet aan het werk zijn geweest.
Als Birgitta Roslin, rechter in Helsingborg, de berichten erover leest, is ze met stomheid geslagen. Want bijna alle slachtoffers zijn verwanten van haar.
Omdat de politie geen enkel spoor van de dader vindt en geen enkel aanknopingspunt heeft voor verder onderzoek, besluit Birgitta de zaak zelf te onderzoeken.
Het onderzoek voert Birgitta naar het verleden en leidt haar naar verschillende continenten. Ze maakt hardhandig kennis met een nieuwe supermacht die zijn plaats opeist in de internationale arena."
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Hudiksvall, January 2006, police find eighteen people massacred in a small village. They think it's the work of a mad man but Birgitta and August believe they were killed by the same person who killed their mother.

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